severity of illness


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severity of illness

the degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge/billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure meaningful data interpretations are made.

se·ver·i·ty of ill·ness

(sĕ-ver'i-tē il'nĕs)
The degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge or billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure that meaningful data interpretations are made.
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Through Nuance's Advanced Practice CDI(TM) program, Baptist Health more accurately documented the disease acuity of its patient population, which doubled its reporting of severity of illness from 8% to 17.
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Thereafter, DMK found out from the ED doctors what criteria they had used to assess the severity of illness and/or determine the need or not for hospital admission of the patients.
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The Institute of Medicine's Committee on Living Well with Chronic Disease: Public Health Action to Reduce Disability and Improve Functioning and Quality of Life presents this report, which examines and makes recommendations for the role of public health services in the prevention, initial treatment, and long-term follow-up of chronic disease, reducing the incidence of complications, and diminishing the severity of illness.
The healthcare worker then adds up each patient's score which indicates the severity of illness and whether the patient needs urgent care.
The following data were recorded for each patient: age, gender, co-morbidity, primary reason for the ICU admission, underlying disease, presence of infection, clinical and laboratory data required for determination of the severity of illness and organ dysfunction, and survival status (death or discharge from the ICU).
He added that the bodyguard was sick and sent to many hospitals, but he died due to severity of illness.
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The Question: Is parents' judgment on the severity of illness when their child has a fever as good as their doctor's?